RON

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Ron and Libby had three chil­dren — Ron Jr., Steven and Gre­gory. Ron Jr. said fam­ily was ex­tremely im­por­tant to his fa­ther.

“ Ev­ery time he passed you, he said he loved you,” Ron Jr. said, “ and he didn’t just say ‘ I love you’ and then walk away. He ex­pected you to say it back.”

Cur­rently serv­ing as vice pres­i­dent of United Bank when he died, Ron had at­tained an ex­ten­sive net­work of col­leagues.

Long- time friend Rob Fowler first met Ron when they were chil­dren and re­mem­bered how every­one called him “ Beanie.”

He came to know him pro­fes­sion­ally when he started work at the Bank of Cov­ing­ton about 20 years ago.

“ How­ever, he was so much more than a fel­low em­ployee,” Fowler said. “ We worked to­gether, wor­ried to­gether and played to­gether.”

Fowler said many of the ap­prox­i­mately 600 peo­ple who at­tended Ron’s fu­neral shared sto­ries about how he helped them ei­ther ob­tain a loan when they had no credit, funds to go to col- lege with or when they were sim­ply in dire straights. Fowler and Ron Jr. said Ron made loans with gut in­stinct based on the per­son’s char­ac­ter rather than statis­tics spit out by a com­puter.

“ What I ad­mired about him as a good loan of­fi­cer is the one’s he made that he shouldn’t have ap­proved,” Fowler said. “ But he held you ac­count­able and ex­pected you to work hard.”

Any­one who knew Ron pro­fes­sion­ally or per­son­ally knew he was de­voted to com­mu­nity ser­vice and an avid golfer. No one knew this bet­ter than his youngest brother Pete.

Grow­ing up as the young- est in the fam­ily, Pete said Ron looked out for him the same way he looked out for his chil­dren and clients. Ron served in the Cov­ing­ton Ro­tary Club for 40 years — 30 with Pete.

Dur­ing his years in Ro­tary, Ron served as club pres­i­dent and was named a Multi- Stone Paul Har­ris Fel­low for mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions to Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional ef­forts such as erad­i­cat­ing po­lio.

Pete said he cher­ishes serv­ing in Ro­tary with his brother for three decades.

“ Ev­ery Tues­day we saw each other eye to eye, face to face,”

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